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Music News: Green Lantern Talks About Watch The Throne Tour Says The Show Is Theatrical.

DJ Green Lantern knows a thing or two about high-profile hip-hop tours. With a long production and DJing résumé that includes hitting the road with Eminem and Jay-Z, the Rochester, New York, disc jock took a trip down to Atlanta to see the second show of Hov and Kanye West’s Watch the Tour Tour.

Friday night’s opening show was a hit, and according to the Evil Genius, who was seated with his son in the second row, Saturday’s second show didn’t disappoint either. After the concert, Green Lantern checked in with MTV News to give his review. You are now watching the Throne:

Man, it was a real experience. They pulled out all the stops. They got a real crazy production, where it’s these big cubes: One is in the middle of the arena, and the other one is right in front of the stage, and they both will be elevated into the air. The cubes have LEDs on ‘em, so they’re constantly changing colors and video. [Jay and Kanye] are standing on each [cube], and they rise and descend. At certain points in the show, Jay will be in the middle of the arena performing his verse to a song, and Kanye would be on the stage. It’s very ill in that respect.

A lot of back-and-forth with their music in the sense of: a Kanye record, then a Jay record. Then they do a set together. They perform most of the album, most of Watch the Throne. It’s a long show. It doesn’t really seem long, but it’s definitely two-plus hours. It’s every hit imaginable between those guys, which is a lot. And a lot of stuff off the new album.

The video that goes to the songs, there are certain parts in the show that Jay and Kanye are really just watching the video. So you should watch the video too, because it has something to do with the song that’s playing. It’s dope.

From the video to the design, it’s a lot of Kanye influence. You can see his taste in the set design and in the show, using his band, etc. … Definitely a lot of Kanye. He gets deep with the artistic side, stuff that I can see, “OK, that’s a Kanye thing.”

The energy was crazy. They did “N-words in Paris” three times in a row. Three times in a row. Three times! Back-to-back-to-back. There’s a piece at the end when they’re going back and forth, song for song, and it’s got, like, a girl theme to it. I don’t want this to be a spoiler, so I’ll just say the show is definitely a theatrical presentation.

You know how you saw them at the MTV [Video Music] Awards and they did “Otis”? It looked like they were having such a good time together and just hanging out, how they were just laughing and going on? That’s definitely how the whole show was. But this was still literally the second show, so they’re still getting the kinks out of it. But the chemistry is definitely 100 percent.

You just get so used to everybody bringing out guests [at their concerts], but when you sit through this show, you don’t even feel that anybody was supposed to come out. They definitely didn’t need anyone coming out. Being in Atlanta, a lot of people thought Tip might’ve came out for the “Paris (Remix),” but that wasn’t the case. The whole arena was rocking, three times in a row. I saw [record exec] Steve Stoute say somewhere that the whole stadium turned into a club on that song, It definitely did.

I think it’s definitely befitting of the two guys out on the tour, as far as the production level of what they’re used to doing. Like Kanye, if you see his solo show, it’s retarded. The last one he was doing, with the whole white theme onstage. And then Jay’s last tour — they’ve been upping the ante production-wise, video-wise, LEDs, and this is right there with it. It’s on par with it, and they actually upped the ante with the big cubes and how they’re using them. It’s just ill. It’s like those are the thrones, just rising, and they’re rapping and it’s like, “We are now watching the thrones.”

I had my iPhone out, and I was recording during “H.A.M.,” and I was going from the middle of the arena back to the stage. I was literally two rows from the stage, so the cube was right in my face. At that point, Kanye was on the stage, so you couldn’t even see Kanye, because he’s at the top of the cube, but I’m still going back and forth with the camera like, “Man, this is crazy!”

It’s dope that they did that; it definitely adds showmanship, creativity, the whole theatrical element to it, and hip-hop needs that. Especially when we’re going into an age where the show is paying the bills. The music is free, by and large, and hip-hop shows could really step up the production. If you look at this as an example, this could really motivate you and give you some inspiration if you’re a hip-hop artist to say, “You know what? I’m gonna invest some money into a bigger stage show, a better stage show, and really give this show to the world and get booked more because of that.”

I had a great time. I brought my [16-year old] son out with me. He said he just lost 10 pounds, sweating and jumping up and down. He had the time of his life. I brought him backstage, he met the guys, and it was a great night. Thumbs up on Watch the Throne live. source: mtvnews


ARTICLES: Jay-Z and Kanye West Announce Tour This Fall.

Looks like a tour will be in the works for Jay-Z and Kanye West.
“The Throne” will be a North American Tour and will kick off on September 22nd at Detroit, Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills. The tour will go as far west as Los Angeles, California and as far east as East Rutherford, New jersey, finally coming to a close on November 3rd in Boston Massachusetts TD Garden.

Tickets go on sale August 8th, but purchasers who purchase pre sale tickets at Livenation.com will receive a free digital copy of the collaborative album “Watch The Throne”.

Tour Dates are as follows:

9/22/11 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills

9/24/11 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

9/25/11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

9/27/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center

9/28/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center

9/29/11 Washington DC Verizon Center

10/4/11 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

10/6/11 Chicago, IL United Center

10/7/11 Chicago, IL United Center

10/8/11 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

10/10/11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

10/13/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

10/14/11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

10/16/11 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion

10/17/11 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion

10/19/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

10/20/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

10/21/11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

10/25/11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

10/26/11 Houston, TX Toyota Center

10/29/11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

10/30/11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

11/1/11 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena

11/3/11 Boston, MA TD Garden


ARTICLE: Q-Tip and Friends Shut It Down At The Brooklyn Bodega Festival


Another memorable Hip-Hop event in Brooklyn. The seventh annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival’s headliner, “Q-Tip & Friends” were some real important friends. Monie Love came out and did “Monie in the middle”. Busta Rhymes was introduced when “Scenario” came on as he performed that and some of his other hits.

Black thought of The Roots assisted Q-Tip as well with J. Period on the 1′s and 2′s
But Kanye West stole the show when he came out to help Q-Tip with “Award Show” and continued with some of his other classics “Can’t tell me nothing”, “Dark Fantasy”, and “All of the lights”
Other performers in the day-long event included M.O.P., Kendrick Lamar, Diamond District, Homeboy Sandman, Lords of Underground, Stalley and others.

Backstage attendees included Jeru Da Damaja, Grand Daddy I.U., Michael Rapaport, Freeway, Jakk Frost, Statik Selektah, Bumpy Knuckles and others.

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ARTICLES: Kanye Signs With Island Def jam

Rapper Kanye West continues his business affiliation with the Island Def Jam Music Group, as his imprint G.O.O.D. Music has inked a worldwide, long-term deal with the major label.

The first release on under the new agreement will be Big Sean’s highly anticipated debut, Finally Famous, which features the award-winning hit single “My Last,” featuring R&B singer Chris Brown.

“G.O.O.D. Music is an exciting new chapter in the long and successful association of Kanye West and Island Def Jam,” said Island Def Jam’s current CEO, Barry Weiss, who left Jive to take over as CEO at the label in March of 2007.

“As a recording artist and a producer over the past eight years, there is no one who has made a greater impression on the game than Kanye,” Weiss said. “We look forward to working closely with the new and established artists that he will be bringing to G.O.O.D. Music, which is already off to an impressive start with Big Sean.”

Kanye West has been labeled and “an integral core” artist on the Island Def Jam Music Group, having sold over 20 million records since his debut in 2004, with the critically acclaimed album The College Dropout.

According to Steve Bartels, President and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, the investment into Kanye West’s new label is based on his proven success as a hit maker.

“Kanye’s genius has been proven time and time again on records and onstage,” said Bartels of the 14-time Grammy Award winning rapper/producer. “He not only pours it out for himself, but he has made the difference with his presence on innumerable projects with other artists who are indebted to him.

Big Sean’s debut album Finally Famous is due in stores on June 28th via G.O.O.D. Music/Island Def Jam Music Group. ~allhiphop.com


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